21 March 2011
Cambridge UK. Eight19 (www.eight19.com) the developer of Printed Plastic Solar Cells based on Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) technology, today announced the appointment of Simon Bransfield-Garth as Chief Executive.
Dr Bransfield-Garth’s appointment follows the investment of £4.5M ($7.4M) by the Carbon Trust and French chemical company Rhodia SA in September 2010 to commercialise Organic Photovoltaic technology originally developed at Cambridge University’s world famous Cavendish Laboratory.
Simon has over 25 years global experience building rapid growth, technology-based businesses in sectors including Semiconductor, Automotive and Mobile Phones. His career includes 7 years at Symbian, the phone OS maker, where he was a member of the Leadership Team and VP Global Marketing. Simon was founder of Myriad Solutions Ltd and was previously a Fellow at Cambridge University where he also gained his BA and Ph.D in Engineering.
Eight19 is developing a new generation of low cost, flexible solar cells that have the potential to dramatically reduce the manufacturing cost and increase the throughput of solar technology, to help address the growing need for renewable power. Plastic solar cells benefit from being based on abundant materials and can be readily crafted into different shapes and colours to meet market requirements.
Commenting on the appointment, Tom Brown, Chairman of Eight19 said “We are delighted that Simon is joining the company as CEO. He brings a wealth of experience in developing technology-based businesses globally which he will apply to Eight19”
Simon Bransfield-Garth commented “I am tremendously excited and privileged to have taken the helm at Eight19. The solar power market is in a period of explosive growth and Eight19, with technology backing from Cambridge University and exceptional team of engineers and scientists is poised to play a significant role”
Eight19 is located in Cambridge, England and retains close links with the Cavendish Laboratory of Cambridge University, a world leader in plastic electronics technology.
About Eight19 Ltd.
Eight19 is developing a new generation of printed plastic solar cells, using organic photovoltaic (OPV) technology. Based on work pioneered by the internationally renowned team at Cambridge University, the company focuses on high speed, ambient temperature manufacturing techniques to create lightweight, non-toxic, flexible solar films. The resulting modules are aimed at new mass markets for solar power generation, from off-grid applications in emerging economies to high volume industrial products. Eight19 is headquartered in Cambridge, England and investors include the Carbon Trust, Rhodia SA, TTP Ltd and the University of Cambridge.
For additional information, visit http://www.eight19.com.